"Agriculture is so simple everybody should understand it, BUT is so complex and complicated hardly anyone knows everything about this impressive industry." - Charlie Sargent
Masters Program Overview
No matter who you are, there is always something more to learn. That is especially true in agriculture. In agriculture there is no end to gaining knowledge - - - of the past and the present, in order to plan for the future.
I’ve had the pleasure of working in Kansas Farm Bureau with an educational program focused on the fundamentals of agriculture. It is called the “Masters”.
The original idea was to provide a “see it first hand” agricultural experience by going to places in agriculture (farm, grain elevator, flour mill, ranch, legislature, processor, research facility, etc…) in order to establish and broaden the farm and ranch knowledge. It is a learning process to “connect the dots” of agriculture.
The Masters’ participation has grown to include a wide range of people, backgrounds, occupations and interests. It’s been a great success. Over 150 of 230 participants have graduated by attending each of the six one day sessions that are spread over nine months. Each day’s activities are called capsules because a lot of insight and understanding is captured in a short amount of time.
We welcome application from anyone interested in this learning experience. You can be a teacher, a preacher, a banker, a reporter, a farmer or rancher…anybody. The participants have had a range of experiences from "no" agricultural background to "I live on a farm". All of us can learn and share our insights with others. The class members are great people to meet.
The program focuses on the fundamentals of today's agriculture, AND you will travel to a few different spots in Kansas so you see agriculture up close with some geographic variety. Our hosts let us visit their operations where they share their agricultural insights. These special Kansans hold the secrets to the program’s success. Their operations are revealing and these hosts are great people to meet.
The capsules are listed below and more details will be confirmed after the participants for this year’s class are selected.
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